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Briton, Belarusian held at Kazakh spaceport: Roscosmos

A British man and a Belarusian woman have been detained at the Russian spaceport of Baikonur in Kazakhstan, Russia’s space agency Roscosmos said on Saturday.

On Saturday evening, “a report was received from the space centre concerning the detention of British citizen Rich Benjamin and Belarusian citizen Zelupa Alina”, Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin said on Telegram.

The two were apprehended “in the area of launch pad 112”, and were being held at “the department of internal affairs of the city of Baikonur”.

“Investigations are ongoing,” he added.

Rogozin said the two suspects had been “linked to the organisation of illegal actions”, but gave no further details.